The arrival of a new year offers a time for reflection and resolution.
The NBA season to date can be seen through two prisms — comparing teams to where they were at the same point last season or in respect to this season’s expectations.
For year-to-year improvement, Minnesota, Miami and Philadelphia have come the furthest. For performance exceeding expectations, Indiana, Detroit, New York and Toronto have stood out.
On the flip side, Memphis, Charlotte, Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers are the teams furthest off their win paces of last season and their Las Vegas-projected win totals for this season.
With the season midpoint approaching, time remains for...